Both the rival Democrats and Pheu Thai have broken party records by recording more than one million votes each in the Bangkok governor election. Both parties, however, should realise that they can no longer use the same old tricks in their politics.
During a press conference to concede defeat, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised to work "seamlessly" with the Bangkok governor-elect MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. Bangkokians do not expect anything less.
The outspoken Jatuporn Prompan, a core leader of the red-shirt movement and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) was not as gracious in defeat. He insisted that Pheu Thai had gained 400,000 more votes than in the last election, while the Democrat had gained only 300,000 more. The Democrat won, he added, because of its "organised" vote.
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